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The MoonWalk London: get inspired and get involved

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Returning Walkers encourage you to join in the long-running charity event, The MoonWalk London

Walk the Walk has come a long way since a small group of 13 women walked the New York City marathon in their bras to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer in 1996. In over two decades and many events since, Walk the Walk has raised over £127 million for great causes.

The MoonWalk London, one of its flagship events, celebrates its 22nd edition on Saturday 11 May (there's also The Moonwalk Scotland on Saturday 8 June in Edinburgh), and the 'Disco Inferno' theme is sure to guarantee you will have plenty of spring in your step and enough boogie to last you all the way through the night.

If you need an extra nudge of encouragement to sign up, then who better to convince you to dust off your trainers than the people who have done it before. We reached out to six proud MoonWalkers to find out why they support Walk the Walk, their favourite memories of past walks, and advice for new MoonWalkers.

If you would like to sign up for The MoonWalk London, on Saturday 11 May, visit walkthewalk.org where you can also learn more about the work Walk the Walk does and find out about all their exciting challenges.

Frances Flaxington, from Lambeth

What has been your favourite part of doing The MoonWalk?
It's poignant to see thousands of people MoonWalking, showing their support for all those living with cancer and others whose memory we are celebrating. We all have someone in mind as we make this journey through London. I love being by the river, including walking over Tower Bridge, and getting the fabulous MoonWalk medal.

Do you have any advice for first time MoonWalkers?
Train and do the MoonWalk with a friend. Make time to train and enjoy building up the miles including one very long walk before the big night. Test the clothes and trainers you will wear on the night so that you are comfortable. Enjoy the experience of walking through London at night and knowing you are raising money for such an important cause.

Why are you returning to do The MoonWalk again in 2019?
I've completed 11 MoonWalks and I enjoy it every time, though it requires lots of time to train and involves walking through the night. It's a fun, energising experience being with thousands of people who take on this challenge to help raise funds. I love MoonWalking!

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Frances Flaxington (right) and Ruth Chidgey cross the finish line. credit: Jetline Action.

Suzie Foster, from Leighton Buzzard

What has been your favourite part of doing The MoonWalk?
The Moonwalk London 2012, my third time. At mile two I met Gynette Janney and we walked together the rest of the way and I have walked with her ever since. An example of how you can make great friendships from this event.

Do you have any advice for first time MoonWalkers?
Get the right footwear and socks for you and train in them. My friend the first year I did it bought new trainers two weeks before the event. She got blisters, was in pain, and afterwards they got infected and she lost toenails. Read the advice in the training plan!

Why are you returning to do The MoonWalk again in 2019?
It's an annual reunion with lots of Walk the Walk friends. It will be MoonWalk London number ten for me and Gynette Janney would miss my company if I didn't do it.

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David Wright, from Amersham

What has been your favourite part of doing The MoonWalk?
My favourite part of The MoonWalk is the journey to Clapham Common with all the other walkers, and having all those wonderful feelings of anticipation and excitement in walking a full marathon in a bra! For a man, quite an achievement!

Do you have any advice for first time MoonWalkers?
Train hard and be prepared for 'hitting the wall', but enjoy every step and the great atmosphere.

Why are you returning to do The MoonWalk again in 2019?
Sadly, I will not be attending this year as Amy, my step-daughter, suffered a cardiac arrest (not as a result of the walk!). As you can probably understand, our next event will be for the British Heart Foundation.

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Amy Millns and David Wright.

Pat Hipkiss, from Daventry

What has been your favourite part of doing The MoonWalk?
My favourite memory is walking through the streets of Kensington hearing the start of the dawn chorus – a sign that there is not too far to go. This is then followed by the wonderful Walk the Walk hugs that are waiting for you when you cross that finish line.

Do you have any advice for first time MoonWalkers?
Start walking and training as soon as you can. Plan your walks in advance. Follow the training plan – it really does make a big difference. Use the first few weeks to break in your shoes and to get the right socks, then stay with them throughout training.

Why are you returning to do The MoonWalk again in 2019?
The MoonWalk Iceland 2018 was to be my 13th and last MoonWalk. However, two months later I discovered a lump in my breast – I had breast cancer! Suddenly, focusing on May 2019 and the need to be with my Walk the Walk family in the pink tent were top of my recovery plan.

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Pat Hipkiss (centre). credit: Jetline Action.

Charlotte Milmo, from Tonbridge

What has been your favourite part of doing The MoonWalk?
2019 will be my seventh MoonWalk so picking a favourite is tricky. I have probably had several 'moments' on each. There is no greater feeling of success than crossing that line, bowing your head, and being crowned with that medal knowing you have achieved something amazing, for an amazing cause.

Do you have any advice for first time MoonWalkers?
Power walking a marathon during the day is hard enough, let alone through the night. It is not a race, so don't start off too quickly. Prepare well, train, and look after yourself and others along the route. Most of all, enjoy yourself! Respect the Volunteers – they are there for your safety.

Why are you returning to do The MoonWalk again in 2019?
Easy, this has become a staple event in my calendar over the years so that I can continue to raise awareness and money for Walk the Walk, a charity close to my heart. Every year I love meeting up with old friends and making new ones, the atmosphere and support is truly fabulous.

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Sara Mudhar, from Nuneaton

What has been your favourite part of doing The MoonWalk?
My favourite part of The MoonWalk is the atmosphere on the big night itself. The excitement and buzz starts when I'm getting ready and travelling to the start, builds up in the big pink tent and continues the whole way around the route, with so many people cheering us on along the way.

Do you have any advice for first time MoonWalkers?
Follow the training plan. It will get you ready for the big night and boost your confidence. Have fun being creative and decorating your bra, and enjoy every moment of The MoonWalk. It is a fantastic night with a great atmosphere.

Why are you returning to do The MoonWalk again in 2019?
The MoonWalk is a great opportunity to have a fabulous night catching up with old friends and making new ones. I return to do The MoonWalk each year to support an amazing charity as, sadly, I know too many people who have been affected by breast cancer in recent years.

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Sara Mudhar (right).
Boogie on down and join Walk the Walk's iconic experience, The MoonWalk London, on Saturday 11 May. Join thousands of women and men movin' and groovin' through the streets of London at midnight wearing disco themed bras. Sign up now to raise money and awareness for breast cancer: walkthewalk.org/moonwalklondon

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Fundraising walk for breast cancer through London at midnight.

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